major incident


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major incident

An event or situation that threatens serious damage to human welfare, the environment, or the security of the state (UK).

Examples of threats
Loss of life, serious injury, homelessness, large-scale loss of communications and disruption to health or communication services.
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He asked whether junior doctors on strike would be available to respond "within one hour of a major incident being declared".
4] The focus should be on actions that can change both the nature of the hazard and the risk that a hazard will evolve into a major incident, with the aim of decreasing the risk of the incident (in terms of both frequency and magnitude).
Last month Walsall's Manor Hospital declared a major incident in its A&E department, saying it was full and advising patients to seek treatment elsewhere.
We ve been working closely with the community council, Perth and Kinross Council as well as the local resilience partnership and other stakeholders to look at ways of minimising disruption in the event of a major incident.
Michael Enderby, head of Coventry, Solihull and Warwick-k shire Resilience Team, which is responsible for the emergency planning and resilience functions across the three local authorities, said it was vital responses could be tested in this way: "Thank-k fully the types of incidents we will be preparing for are rare and whether you work in the emergency services, or are a local resident, everyone understands that the region needs to be prepared to react in a clear and coordinated way to any major incident.
There were no major incidents but non-striking crews did deal with several small fires, a road crash and an ammonia leak.
We have an agreement in place with the FBU that if a major incident occurs we can recall striking fire-fighters who are willing to come back into work.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: "Social media has completely changed the landscape of how we engage with the public and has become a crucial tool in major incidents - we can pass information immediately, react to rumour and speculation and engage with people on the ground.
The new arrangements worked well and should "form the basis of a revised major incident plan".
More than half the NHS boards contacted under freedom of information law reported a steady rise in the number of incidents, and most admitted the number of extreme or major incidents was in the hundreds.
It could be in the form of adequate planning, testing of the plans, and education of all staff who may need to respond to a major incident.
He went on: "So we are improving the way the emergency services work together in response to a major incident.

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